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Ronaldo Under Fire Ahead Of Premier League Season

05/08/22

- Grant Whittington

Amidst swirling rumours of unhappiness and uncertainty about the future, Cristiano Ronaldo's early departure from a friendly match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano has thrown fuel on the fire.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has branded Ronaldo's early exit from Old Trafford as “unacceptable”. Ronaldo was caught on social media leaving the match that ended in a 1-1 draw before the final whistle had blown. The match was the last pre-season friendly before the Premier League season kicks off on Sunday and it was one every player should have seen through to the end, whether they were on the field or off.

Caught in The Act

In today’s world, nothing goes unnoticed and eagle-eyed fans snapped the star leaving Old Trafford with United team-mate Diogo Dalot. However, Dalot was not really at fault as he hadn’t been included in the team against Vallecano. Ronaldo however, had played in the first half of the match, before he was substituted at half time.

This didn’t mean that he was free to leave.

Ten Hag has publicly expressed how unhappy he is with the Portugal forward’s behaviour. He’s stated that Manchester United is a team and that a team plays together and stays together, right to the end. Ten Hag did admit that Ronaldo wasn’t the only player to quit the venue, but that he was the most conspicuous by his absence – and the social media spotlight didn’t help.

An Uncertain Man U Future

Ten Hag’s unhappiness with Ronaldo may be exacerbated by the rumours that the star isn’t happy at Manchester United and that his transfer may not have shaped up to be as he expected. There are rumours that Ronaldo wants to leave to play for a club that will be competing in the next Champions League.

Ronaldo has also experienced trauma in his personal life recently after the tragic death of one of his new-born twins.  The 37-year-old took time off to spend with his family and missed United’s pre-season tour of Australia and Thailand. He returned to training just over a week ago and is still not at the same fitness level as the rest of the team.

Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent has been in talks with the player about his future. But Manchester United say that there is no way he is leaving. He features firmly in ten Hag’s plans for the upcoming Premier League season, and Man U are adamant they will not sanction a sale. 

With Man U’s first game against Brighton kicking off on Sunday, all eyes are on Ronaldo. He’s been lauded as an incredible player by ten Hag, but now he needs to prove it – to himself, his team, and his fans.

 

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